Bent Shapes (Final Show)

Allston Pudding presents

Bent Shapes (Final Show)

Beware The Dangers Of A Ghost Scorpion!, Ian Doerr

Sat, December 16, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm

Great Scott

Allston, MA

$10 advance / $12 day of show

This event is 21 and over

Tickets available at AXS.COM, or by phone at 855-482-2090. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at the Great Scott box office seven days a week 12PM-1AM, or at The Sinclair Box Office (Cambridge, MA) Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM. Please note: Great Scott box office is cash only.

Bent Shapes
Bent Shapes
Hyperliterate, tightly-wound, and irreverent, Bent Shapes released a string of cassettes, flexis, 7”s, and even VHS tapes under the name Girlfriends from 2009 until their debut full-length, Feels Weird, arrived in 2013 under their new moniker. Their output has earned them praise from outlets as diverse as Maximum Rocknroll, NPR, and Pitchfork, and led to tours and shows with John Vanderslice, Fucked Up, Ted Leo, and The Bats. The band spent early 2015 recording their second LP with Elio DeLuca (Titus Andronicus), promising an album full of meditations on mental illness, the struggle to bring goodness into the world, and faith in humanity as a renewable resource.
Beware The Dangers Of A Ghost Scorpion!
Beware The Dangers Of A Ghost Scorpion!
Somerville's premier undead outfit have a history shrouded in mystique and it seems they'd like to keep it that way. Are they actually the reanimated corpses of 1963 Texan rock 'n roll band the Fishercats?

The first appearances of Ghost Scorpion! followed the demise of the Fishercats, an amateurish quartet of misunderstood juvenile delinquents out of Denton County, Texas. On a rainy night in 1963, after a gig at a high-school dance, the Fishercats' car crashed and burned off the road near Goatman's Bridge. No one survived.

This tale might've made good fodder for a Shangri-Las song had it not taken a terrifying turn. Shortly after the post-sock-hop tragedy, an instrumental horror-surf outfit bearing an uncanny resemblance to the totally dead Fishercats began gigging around Denton. They came to be known and feared as Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion!, and then they vanished as abruptly and inexplicably as they appeared.

Okay, maybe that's a tad over-dramatic. Still, little is known about the ghastly crew and the band's members (Glotch, Snakeboy Henry, Vince Vance Delambre and Professor Coyote Science) never seem to stick around long enough to answer questions, disappearing without explanation just as eerily as they arrived.

In contrast to their backstory, Ghost Scorpion! stay firmly unconvoluted while renewing the retro-a-go-go vibes of the Ventures and Dick Dale, with a touch of Reverend Horton Heat tossed in as a reference point for those who weren't teens in the early '60s.

"After [the Cramps'] Lux Interior passed over to our side, we hung out for a bit, and he explained the basics of psychobilly to us," DeLambre claims. "It goes hand in hand with surf rock. Throwback, straightforward rock and roll. No bullshit, but exclusively bullshit at the same time."
Ian Doerr
Venue Information:
Great Scott
1222 Commonwealth Avenue
Allston, MA, 02134